18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kouvola
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly

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Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get in touch with nature at Repovesi National Park and Arboretum Mustila. Attractions like Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Riverside Park make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Kouvola to go to Iitti and see Hiidenvuori, which is approximately 34 minutes away.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kouvola trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kouvola is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Kouvola due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Kouvola hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Step out of the city life by going to Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Ukko-Koli Hill. There's still lots to do: hike along Paha-Koli Hill and tour the pleasant surroundings at Makravaara Hill.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kouvola to Koli National Park by car takes about 5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, stroll around Hupisaaret Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, and then stroll through Outdoors Oulu Oy.

To find out how to plan a trip to Oulu, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in Oulu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Pori.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross. On the next day, kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pori tour planner.

Getting from Oulu to Pori by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Pori are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and finally view the masterpieces at Turun Taidehalli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly and then stop by Naantali Old Town.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Helsinki

— 5 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Visit Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and discover the deep blue sea with Dive Finland Oy.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Helsinki trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."